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UPDATED: Mon., June 29, 2015

Legislature passes $38.2 billion budget

OLYMPIA — After spending 165 days struggling to write a budget, the Legislature needed less than two hours to pass a $38.2 billion spending plan out of both chambers that …


Spokane would get $1 billion-plus in transportation proposal

OLYMPIA — New gas tax increase proposal has more than $1 billion in Spokane area projects. Vote expected later today on the $16.1 billion proposal.


Washington officials announce state budget deal

OLYMPIA – College tuition would fall, teachers would get raises and mental health funding would rise in a two-year budget deal announced on Saturday after long negotiations among state leaders. …


Senate passes pot tax bill

OLYMPIA – Changes to the state’s marijuana taxes and the way they will be spent received final approval from the Senate and were sent to Gov. Jay Inslee Saturday. After …


Spin Control: State under high pressure to meet pot tax projections

OLYMPIA – Washington adults may have to average about 35 joints each year by 2020 for the state to hit current projections on tax revenue from legal marijuana. Or so …


Under state budget deal, college tuition will fall, but leaders haven’t said by how much

OLYMPIA – College tuition would fall, teachers would get raises and mental health funding would rise in a two-year budget deal announced on Saturday after long negotiations among state leaders. …


UPDATED: Sat., June 27, 2015

Deal reached on Washington state budget

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee and legislative leaders say they have reached a deal “in principle” on the state’s two-year operating budget that will avert a partial government shutdown.


State House approves taxes on medical marijuana

OLYMPIA – Medical marijuana patients would pay many of the same taxes as recreational pot users under a bill approved Friday by the House. On a 59-38 vote, the House …


Washington’s budget likely to go down to wire

OLYMPIA – With the clock ticking down to a partial state government shutdown, several options emerged Thursday that would “keep the lights on and the parks open,” as the Senate’s …


WSU’s Floyd honored by legislators

OLYMPIA – Legislators praised the late Washington State University President Elson Floyd as a tireless advocate for his adopted state, its communities and their college students. Amid shouts of “Go …


Washington House Democrats float base, tax-adding budgets

OLYMPIA – With less than a week left in the special session and eight days before a budget stalemate could cause a partial state shutdown, Washington House Democrats released a …


House Democrats release budget plan

OLYMPIA — House Democrats release a “base budget” that would pay for many state programs without a tax increase. But a package of add-ons, including the WSU-Spokane Medical School, are …


Spin Control: No criminal charges allowed in case of late budget

The old saying that there’s never a cop around when you need one is particularly true right now in the Capitol, where the Legislature is violating the state budget law …


Progress reported on state budget process

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee and legislative leaders seemed to concur Friday that they are closing in on an agreement on the 2015-17 state budget, something that has eluded them …


State workers get layoff warnings as budget deadline nears

OLYMPIA – Washington officials insisted Thursday they were confident the Legislature would pass a budget by June 30 and avoid a partial government shutdown, but not confident that would happen …


Former Rep. Susan Fagan settles ethics complaint, reimburses state for funds

OLYMPIA – Former Rep. Susan Fagan has agreed to settle a complaint with Legislative Ethics Board that she repeatedly violated rules by receiving public funds for personal or political expenses. …


Spin Control: Budget battles continue to baffle Legislature

OLYMPIA – As you read this, it is Day 150 of the legislative session, a deal on the 2015-17 operating budget has yet to emerge and the only thing anyone …


Senators propose new way of paying teachers, school employees

OLYMPIA – A bipartisan group of senators unveiled a plan for a major shift in the way teachers and other public school employees are paid, with the state shouldering its …


Inslee mum on status of state budget talks

OLYMPIA – Silence descended over spending talks Wednesday, as Gov. Jay Inslee deflected most questions about progress in talks to break a legislative stalemate over the 2015-17 operating budget. “The …


New Washington law will allow Silver Alerts for missing seniors

OLYMPIA – The state will use its highway reader signs and radio advisory stations to notify motorists and their passengers about missing seniors who have wandered away from home and …


Spin Control: How legislators might get their job done – on time

OLYMPIA – It is a rare day when an irate news consumer doesn’t write, call, text, email or otherwise communicate displeasure with the Legislature’s inability to finish its work and …


Washington state budget negotiators still wrestling with budget spending level

OLYMPIA – Legislative leaders and Gov. Jay Inslee met twice Thursday trying to settle a key point in budget negotiations that have dragged into a second special session. But after …


House Democrats offer $38.4 billion budget plan

OLYMPIA – House Democrats unveiled their latest 2015-17 budget proposal, a $38.4 billion plan with lower spending and fewer taxes than a bill they passed earlier this year. For optimists, …


Washington state readies for possible shutdown

OLYMPIA – Although Gov. Jay Inslee says he doesn’t expect a state government shutdown on July 1 and legislative leaders say they are doing everything to avoid one, the state …


Special session, round two, begins in Olympia today

OLYMPIA – The Legislature will go into double-overtime in an effort to reach a deal on how to spend some $38 billion on state programs, agencies and salaries over the …


Transportation compromise bill passes House, heads to Senate

OLYMPIA – The Washington state House of Representatives passed a $5.1 billion transportation budget Wednesday, sending the compromise spending plan to the Senate, which could pass it before the first …


Shawn Vestal: Teachers union president explains walkout in Q-and-A

Today, 3,000 members of the Spokane Education Association will walk off the job in an effort to send a message to the Legislature that it needs to step up to …


GOP wants state union negotiations to be open to public

OLYMPIA – Contract negotiations between the state and its employees’ unions should be open to the public and legislators, Senate Republicans insisted Tuesday. With two days left in the special …


Spin Control: Budget plans have lawmakers boxed in

OLYMPIA – There is much talk in the capital these days about needing to agree on “the box,” which may be confusing to the general public. This is not the …


Tykes to get new trikes, thanks to governor giving away raise

The children in Jennifer Gonzalez’s preschool class at Windsor Elementary next fall probably won’t care, but they will owe their new tricycles in large part to a citizens commission that …